The Wide Receivers
The wide receiver room has a new coach for the 2023 season, that is Marques Hagans who joined the team earlier this year after a very successful tenure at his alma mater Virginia.
Hagans has started to already prove that he is up to the challenge in terms of recruiting after he successfully landed 3 2024 wide receiver commits all last week, but where Penn State fans need to see his impact the most is the on-field preparation. The reason why the wide receiver room is a question mark for me is can this group of young receivers step up and be reliable for QB Drew Allar?
The addition of Kent State transfer Dante Cephas certainly helps from a production standpoint, but KeAndre Lambert-Smith has yet to put it together for a full season so far in his Penn State career. KLS will need to step up in a big way on the field for the offense this fall. If he can carry over the momentum he had at the end of the 2022 season, he has all of the potential to be a dominant wide receiver.
The other player that will see the field a lot this season is Harrison Wallace. He saw his first real game action last season and secured 19 catches. He is another player that needs to step up and be more reliable this season. Omari Evans looked strong during the 2023 Blue-White game, he’s another younger player that could push for significant playing time this fall.
At the end of the day, this position group lacks that veteran presence that it has had for a long time. In 2019 it was KJ Hamler, Jahan Dotson in 2020 and 2021, and Parker Washington in 2022, who will be the veteran that will be the difference maker for the Nittany Lions this fall?